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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Based on 396 Reviews

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Awesome Tour

Awesome Tour

2019-03-28

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
It was an amazing experience!

An audio guide to look at various famous buildings on each direction would be very helpful, for new to London people it would be a silent 30 mins ride otherwise.

2018-05-31

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Would book again

Would book again

2019-01-19

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4-Excellent
Waiting

Nice locations, though a bit too much to wait

2019-07-01

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
fast but good

Time to VisIT Stonehenge is fast so we advice to carry on your picnic bag. Stonehenge is

2019-03-14

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4-Excellent
Great day out

Great day out. Queuing a nightmare before heading in, poor organisation. However once in was great.

2018-12-28


Visit Windsor Castle

For a Royal day out, head to Windsor Castle, one of the three official residences of the Queen of England. (Apparently, Buckingham Palace wasn’t big enough!) This castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, with over 13 acres of land, and attracting over 1 million visitors each year. You can book Windsor Castle tickets and tours to explore the place that has been home to the Royal family since the 11th century when William the Conqueror built it.


Put your crowns on and get ready for your Windsor Castle tour.


As with many castles, Windsor is no longer used for its original purpose (protecting those within from would-be invaders). Aside from visits, the castle is used for ceremonial and state occasions such as royal weddings. One hundred and fifty people call Windsor Castle their home, and so you are their guest, not a tourist! Queen Elizabeth II is officially in residence twice a year; she tends to spend her free private weekends here. Book your Windsor day tours while she is away, as the crowds will be excessive when she is in the building! A day trip to Windsor castle is an opportunity for you to enjoy over 900 years of British royal history, don’t miss out.

Windsor Castle Tour: Visitor Highlights

#WindsorCastle: Best Snaps

Windsor Castle Tickets: Buying Tips

Quick Facts

City

Windsor

Known For

Oldest Occupied Castle

Activity Type

Windsor Castle Tour

Yearly Visitors

1.4 Million

High Season

July & August

Currency Required

British Pound

Time Zone

GMT +1:00

Windsor Castle Tour: Visitor Highlights

  • Audio Tours of Windsor Castle with Prince Charles: Listen to the free audio guide with an introduction by the Prince of Wales himself! Learn about the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, and enjoy commentary by the household staff who talk about what it takes to run the castle. 
  • State Apartments: This part of the castle allows you to dig deeper into changing tastes of the monarchs who used to live at Windsor Castle and the individual marks they left behind. For instance, Charles II was eager to rival the dazzling Versailles Palace and modernized the Windsor interiors with painted ceilings and carvings. Today, the royal family uses these lavishly decorated rooms for various events. 
  • Waterloo Chamber: This room was created to celebrate the sweet victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The portraits on the wall depict allies, monarchs, and commanders who aided the defeat of Napoleon. A highlight of the Windsor Palace tours.
  • St George’s Chapel: Part of the castle is also the famous St George’s Chapel featuring intricate Gothic architecture. This chapel recently witnessed the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and is also the resting place of 10 British monarchs, including Henry VIII. 
  • Queen Mary’s Dollhouse: Perhaps the most famous toy in the world is the enchanting dollhouse built especially for Queen Mary. The house overflows with tiny treasures created by famous artists of the time.
  • The Semi-state Rooms: Still today, the Queen uses these luxurious rooms for official events and gatherings. Hence, you can only see them on Windsor Castle day tours that fall between September and March. The rooms are a great example of refined late-Georgian interiors. 
  • Changing of the Guards: The changing of the Guard is a fun spectacle of British pageantry. Be ready for a show full of color, sound, and marching. Though, to see it, you need to time your visit correctly. The ceremony lasts 45 minutes and takes place around 11 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (double-check before visiting). 
  • China Museum: Feast your eyes on stunning pieces of porcelain, put on display in the 1920s by Queen Mary. You will get to see Chinese and Japanese artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries and much more. 
  • Fine Art: As you make your way through the castle, pay attention to the incredible artworks lining the walls. You can spot paintings by the artists Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and many others. 

#WindsorCastle: Best Snaps

Enjoy the preferred residence of her Royal Majesty the Queen of England! Make sure you have your camera ready so you can remember this moment forever. Most instaworthy shots? 

  • Queen Mary Dolls House: with electricity, water & wine - all in miniature!
  • The Long Walk: the winding drive leading to Windsor Castle makes for one dramatic shot. 
  • The State Rooms: the site of some legendary wedding photos. #Selfie time!

Got a winner? Choose your best snap from one of the three most instagrammable spots listed above, post it on your IG, and tag #dotravelgram to be featured. 


Windsor Castle Tickets: Buying Tips

  • To avoid queues prebook your Windsor Palace tickets ahead of time, and search for the best deals and discounts online.
  • The changing of the guard takes place between 11-11:30 am, so if that’s what you’re here to see, make sure you don’t miss it!
  • Before entering the castle you pass through an airport-style security checkpoint, which can add a few minutes to your wait.
  • Please note, pictures and videos aren’t allowed in some places, such as St George's Chapel so be aware if you’re hoping to Instagram your trip!
  • St George's Chapel is closed on Sundays for religious masses (worshippers are welcome to attend the services).
  • Save time & money with a combination Windsor Castle afternoon tour or morning tour: choose from one of the many Windsor castle tours from London, and visit the Castle, Bath & Stonehenge, or see Windsor & Oxford together. You can also enjoy the classic combo: Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace! For more London Hacks, we have you covered!

FAQ

What are the Windsor Castle opening hours?

Windsor castle hours are 10 am - 4.15 pm (Last entrance is 90 minutes before closing).

Where can I buy tickets to Windsor Castle?

You can and should, buy Windsor castle tickets online (even at short notice). Buying online means you won’t be waiting in line, which, during the summer months can be an hour long.

Do you need to pre book tickets for Windsor Castle?

t is recommended. This way you can have access to the limited deals such as Windsor Castle tickets 2 for 1.

Is it cheaper to pre book Windsor Castle tickets online?

The Windsor Castle admission fee depends on the eligibility for discounts, time of year or any special exhibitions. The Windsor Castle Family Ticket may be cheaper for a large group than separate general admissions.

What about, how to get to Windsor Castle from London?

Are you wondering where is Windsor castle or how to get there? Getting to Windsor Castle from London is easy! There are only 23 miles from London to Windsor. You can also take a bus to Windsor Castle. *Note: The Castle is close to the Windsor and Eton Central Station, making it really easy to find. So easy in fact, that you can see the walls of the castle as you leave the station.

When is the best time that you can visit Windsor castle?

It’s best to visit Windsor castle during the winter months when there are fewer queues. As a visit only takes around 2 hours (usually give or take 30 minutes), many people choose to book a full day tour from London to Windsor Castle.

How much does a Windsor Castle entrance cost?

Windsor tickets can cost anything from 30 euros to 100 euros or more depending on what’s included. The Windsor castle entrance fee isn’t reduced by booking online, but you can skip the long queues by doing so. You can also save money with the London Pass.

Is it worth getting a guided tour of Castle Windsor?

A multilingual, audio guide is included in the price of your admission. There are also the more traditional tours from a guide who will take you from the entrance, through the rooms and grounds to g

What will I get in my tour?

It depends on what type of tour you choose, but most Windsor castle guided tours begin at Castle Hill. The visitor route will head through St George’s gate, following the path around the Round Tower. While it is no longer used for defense, the tower in the grounds is aesthetically pleasing and houses the royal archives. The gardens themselves are beautiful; delightful green spaces with immaculately manicured lawns and a variety of flora.

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